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Swim Instructor

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East Butler YMCA
June 3, 2023
6645 Morris Road, Hamilton, OH 45011, OH
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Title: Swim Instructor                                                          

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt                                                        Starting Pay Rate: $13.00/hourly 

Status: Part Time                                                                     Department: Aquatics 

Reports to: Aquatics Director                                                   Revision Date: 2/5/2020 


Provides safe and planned instructional swim lessons for all facility members and program participants;
ensures a safe environment for all participants; engages all members and families in active participation
in instructional swim lessons, as well as other activities and events around the branch and association. 


1. Reports 10 minutes prior to the start of scheduled shifts, to prepare materials/equipment for class.
2. Maintains all instructional equipment, including proper usage and storage of class materials.
3. Conduct classes in accordance with the GMVY Swim Lesson v6 Program.
4. Understand and use lesson plans to accommodate each level of swim lessons.
5. Recognizes individual differences and adjusts teaching strategies as needed for the success of all
students in the swim lesson program.
6. Maximize swimmer participation in every class period and constructively utilize allotted class time.
7. Provide a positive learning experience for all swimmers through the use of sound instructional
strategies and techniques.
8. Ability to teach various levels of lessons at any time if needed.
9. Know and understand emergency procedures; be prepared to act on them if necessary.
10. Communicate student progress to swimmers and/or families throughout each session of lessons.
11. Maintains current certifications at all times.
12. Attends all required training, in-service meetings, and branch meetings as required.
13. Provides excellent member experiences to all participants and members through classes and events.
14. Supports all branch and association-wide membership retention and engagement initiatives.
15. Actively supports membership sales initiatives.
16. Supports and promotes annual campaigns efforts within branch and across association.
17. Organizes special events for participants and families.
18. Covers all scheduled shifts and/or finds substitute coverage for 100% of scheduled shifts. 


Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others
and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships
with them. Supports fundraising.
Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and
remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes
effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.
Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another.
Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.
The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.
Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology. 


1. Must have current CPR for the Professional rescuer (BLS), Oxygen and First Aid certifications.
2. YMCA Swim Lesson v6 Training required within 90 days of employment.
3. Competition of Principles of Youth Development (e-learning), YMCA Swim Lessons Instructor v6: Orientation (e-learning) YMCA Swim Lessons Instructor v6: Observe & Communicate (e-learning) and YMCA Swim Instructor Certification.
4. Staff that are not 16 at the time of hire (or not yet 16 but are currently teaching swim lessons), will need to be certified within 90 days once they turn 16.
5. Recertification every two years will be re-taking the full class or recertifying with Advanced Swimming Techniques or Advanced Teaching Techniques.
6. Must attend at least one, seven-week session of training with an experienced instructor before teaching independently (shadowing).
7. Must have experience in water safety.
8. Must have knowledge of teaching basic swimming strokes to all levels, and have the ability to demonstrate each skill effectively.
9. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with staff, volunteers, members, and participants is essential.
10. Must promote the YMCA mission and apply core values, including customer service, meeting quality standards for service, and a maintaining safe environment for the enjoyment of all.
11. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
7. Physical ability to respond to children quickly in emergency: regular kneeling, bending, or sitting.
9. Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.
10. Must be able to handle multiple tasks, work heavily with families and children. 


To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, it is necessary to specify the physical, mental, and environmental conditions of the Essential Duties of the job. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be me by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.